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FOR AT LEAST 400 million years, trees have been
Innovations to boost peeling
New greenfield capacity
Green veneer composing
Service: Lifetime support
Isku and modern
Customer case: Moelven
The P2 has landed
PlyVisions is Raute Corporation’s
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an essential part of our planet’s ecosystem. They
have been vital to the history of the human
civilization, by first offering natural shelter,
heat, tools and weapons, later construction
and other more demanding applications
as people continued to evolve.
While there have been many alternative materials produced, wood is
often promoted as the best building
material for the environment. Wood
replaces materials that would have
required a great deal of fossil energy to produce.
Wood serves as a carbon sink, sequestering carbon
out of atmosphere for the life of the wood product.
Renewable materials are going to be a substantial
part of the future, and the smart use of wood, with its
superior technical characteristics, makes it a crucial
raw material for many industries.
Plywood and LVL industry uses 300 million cubic
meters of wood each year, but only renders 100 million cubic meters of finished product. Raute’s priority is to solve mill-scale inefficiency issues by
developing tools for the best raw material utilization rate on the market.
Modern plywood and LVL production is about
accurately analyzing raw material flows, and making the smartest decisions for the most profitable use. The leading plywood and LVL manufacturers trust Raute for state-of-the-art tools that optimize production. Our
customers get all the benefits: the latest digital, mechanical, and machine
vision innovations for fully synchronized line and mill-scale solutions,
as well as mill wide expertise and experience – all from the same house.
This has been the choice of industry leaders who have prospered in this
market for decades.
Patchman symbolizes Raute’s pioneering spirit, innovation, and
emphasis on efficient and sustainable technology. We warmly welcome
you to join the SMART REVOLUTION!
FROM THE CEO
FROM THE CEO
FROM THE CEO
FROM THE CEO
FROM THE CEO
FOLLOWING the record-breaking year
2015, many of us expected that 2016
would mark “a gap year” for Raute. On
the contrary, during the past year, we
achieved a new record in the amount of
new orders. We are happy with 2016 as a
whole and, again, we were able to start
this new year with a record-high order
Economic development in many
market areas continues to be shaky.
Even if the worst of the crisis is over in
Europe, uncertainty, in particularly in
the European banking sector, continues, impacting other areas as well. In
North America, construction has begun
to recover but still at a slower rate than
expected. In South America, our key
customers’ previous investments have
now found their place in the markets.
Though their focus is on the future, the
POTENTIAL TO ANY
PLYWOOD OR LVL
weak demand in the domestic markets
is slowing down new investment plans.
The uncertainty in China’s economy and
the political tension in different parts of
the world are resulting in concerns in
many market areas.
In 2016 several new-capacitygenerating mill-scale projects took off
in the plywood and LVL industries,
all being tenders that we succeeded to
win. Each of these projects is now being
implemented by our familiar, long-term
customers. We have our long-running
cooperation with our customers, their
success in business and confidence in
the future, to thank for these victories.
Over the past year, we made significant investments in new development
projects. In terms of product development, the most interesting is related to
our digital services. These services tie up
several of the main topics of this issue
of PlyVisions in an interesting way: our
service contract range, the SmartMill
concept and G5 technology.
An interesting completion to our
measurement and analyzing solutions
is the acquisition of Metriguard Inc.
business. Metriguard’s technology has
already been integrated in dozens of
Raute deliveries and provides additional
tools for the efficient use of raw material.
The present trend of plywood production growing more in emerging
countries than in the more industrialized world continues. As you can read
in this magazine, we actively try to meet
the needs of our more traditional customers with technologies applicable for
them. It will be interesting to see how
fast these technologies merge into various markets.
Occupational safety is a key issue
for many of our customers. This was also
picked as one of the key topics in our
operations’ development. We believe that
by aligning our internal development
work with our customers’ focus areas
we will be able to offer better solutions.
Please enjoy reading this new issue
of PlyVisions; I hope you will find interesting ideas. And remember: After hard
and uncertain times, one day there will
be a better business environment. The
winners will be those who continued
believing in hard work and taking wellmanaged risks. This is what we do at
Raute, and we also encourage our customers to do the same. As you can read
on the following pages, we offer you all
the tools you need. •
President and CEO
N EW TECHNOLOGIES
THIS CONCEPT ENABLES MILLS TO REACH MAXIMUM
OUTPUT. SMART MEASURING EQUIPMENT AND
DIGITAL SERVICES HELP TO IMPROVE BOTH WOOD
UTILIZATION RATIO AND MILL EFFICIENCY.
Digital tools and services
ensure that the customers’
production targets are
attained. Remote monitoring reduces service time
and enables scheduling of
services. E-learning tools
are available for personnel
training independent of
time and place.
Non-ergonomic and costly
operator work is minimized
by automatic intelligent
infeed systems. They adapt to
raw material with the aid of
smart sensors, machine vision
and suction cups for proper
N EW TECHNOLOGIES
The largest possible amount
of high-quality veneer is
peeled from the block.
ensures continuous centering
accuracy. Sheet clipping
controlled by Mecano G5
analyzers for the maximum
amount of face veneer.
Veneers and panels are
upgraded for desired quality by composing, patching
or repairing. This is done
with minimized material
handling and veneer loss.
The real-time data collection
system saves and analyses
all production processes. It
enables a higher degree of
optimization for individual
machines and faster reaction
times to defects. With the
collected data, high-accuracy
targeting of line adjustment
and service is easy.
VENEER FLOW CONTROL
G5 analyzers precisely simulate
downstream processes for
choosing the optimal way to
utilize raw material. The system
maximizes mill efficiency by
processing quality material
only. Integration between
Mecano analyzers enables millscale production optimization.
The new Mecano G5 machine
vision and moisture analyzers
measure the defects, quality
and moisture of the veneer
material. G5 offers the highest
measuring accuracy on the market, featuring a user-friendly
touch screen interface.
N EW TECHNOLOGIES
JOIN THE SMART
UP TO 15% HIGHER UTILIZATION RATE WITH RAUTE SMARTMILL TECHNOLOGY
Text: Veli-Matti Lepistö, Jani Roivainen • Photos: Veli-Matti Lepistö
BETTER RAW MATERIAL utilization
has become one of the key differentiators in plywood and LVL production as
a result of rising costs and shortage of
quality wood. Most technologies currently available attempt to maximize
output by focusing on the efficiency of
one separate production area or line
only. This is important but more savings
are achieved by mill-scale optimizing of
the processes and material flows. However, the lack of proper tools has lead to
an inefficient process entity and waste
of raw material.
To change the status quo, Raute
has launched the SmartMill technology,
based on Raute’s long and wide experience in mill-scale deliveries and modernizations worldwide. This technology
streamlines the production, enhances
the total mill efficiency and supports
the customers to maximize their profitability.
The SmartMill technology and services provide the means to improve mill
functions from the log yard down to the
final plywood or LVL products by utilizing smart analyzers along with accurate
digital information and services in the
best possible way.
M ECANO G5 ANALYZERS
SIMULATE THE PROCESS
The new G5 series was developed by
Raute’s Mecano business unit. This
ground-breaking new generation of analyzers acquires information on veneer
qualities and makes decisions in milliseconds, on how to process the downstream
The new G5 analyzers play a big
role in mill-scale optimization. Most
mills typically process veneers through
all the lines, including defective veneer
that ends up as waste in composing. The
G5 platform enables quality information
to be shared between analyzers. Scanners in the beginning of the mill have
the capability to virtually simulate the
best way to continue the process. They
evaluate whether the veneer should be
upgraded by patching, composing or
later by repairing. If none of these processes is calculated to be smart enough,
the veneer is rejected and removed from
the process already on the peeling line
and directed for the use as energy or
pulp. Early analysis frees the capacity
of the drying, patching and composing
lines, where only upgradable veneers
will be processed.
The Mecano G5 system directs the
most appropriate veneers at an early
stage to the right processes, and minimizes unnecessary handling, storing,
and costly damage. The advantage of a
complete-process supply is in the smart
optimization of material flow for the
entire mill resulting in remarkable savings.
I MPROVED SINGLE G5 UNITS
Not only is the veneer flow optimized,
but each G5 unit has a number of new
features to enhance recovery and usability of each separate line. Improved
machine vision and moisture analyzing
accuracy, friendly user interface, touch
screen function and improved receipt
handling are a few of the advancements.
AVAILABLE AS MODERNIZATION
The G5 system can be installed as part
of new lines and mills or as an easy
upgrade to existing machine vision and
moisture analyzing systems. Upgrading
to the new G5 technology may be performed machine by machine, line by line
or for the entire mill.
Raute specialists will evaluate
customers’ present technology levels
and production needs utilizing Raute’s
knowhow of the total process. They
define the significance of the new G5
solution for the customer’s business and
the relation between the investment and
It is time to start increasing competitiveness and efficiency. •
N EW TECHNOLOGIES
Text: Mikko Vesterinen
INNOVATIONS TO BOOST PEELING
IN THE LAST FEW YEARS Raute has
won most deliveries of new peeling
technology and, as a consequence, end
users are now peeling a large variety
of raw-materials with Raute tehchnology. Raute offers solutions for all peeling needs, from short small-diameter to
long large-diameter blocks or for blocks
of variable lengths. New proven innovations secure an efficient green veneer
process from unconditioned Radiata
pine to mixed tropical wood species,
and render veneer of the highest quality.
Customers have realized the clear benefits of Raute’s knowhow which covers
the entire green veneer manufacturing
process, including log optimizing, peeling and side product handling.
New technologies – especially autocalibration and RauteSmart Scan HD
scanning – make a difference in view
of peeling accuracy and reliability, and
guarantee maximum recovery of full
sheets and face veneer. Raute’s innovations are available and suitable both for
new peeling lines and upgrading of lines
of any brand.
with different block diameters and
lengths. This unique solution maintains
centering accuracy despite mechanical
deviations typical of the centering process. Autocalibration keeps the equipment optimally trimmed. It is impossible
for the human eye to notice the gradual slackening of set-ups and fixtures,
which can go on for months resulting
in an amount of lost veneer impossible
to evaluate. With autocalibration the
producer can rest assured that valuable
raw material is used to the fullest, and
machinery is optimally trimmed.
I NTELLIGENCE IN CLIPPING
The newest technology in clipping scanning and moisture measurement enables
intelligent and variable clipping widths
based on the shrinkage rate/moisture
of the veneer. Not only is raw material
saved but the veneer quality is acceptable for decorative surfaces as regards
thickness tolerance, clipping accuracy
and face quality.
The solutions used (e.g. Siemens and
Allen-Bradley) are well-known in all
market areas. These standard automation components and technologies guarantee the availability of after-sales support in future.
When investing in new technology, safety
has become one of the most important
competition issues. Our safety solutions
are integrated in the line controls and
equipment as a distributed system. This,
together with carefully planned safety
zones and starting procedures, guarantees maximum safety along with high
G REEN COMPOSING
Raute green composing offers new possibilities for green random handling and
clipping, either integrated into the peeling line or as a separate line (read more
on pages 10-11). •
Patented autocalibration guarantees maximum recovery 24/7
Shatura Wood, Russia, birch, 6/5/4 ft.
Prime Fortune, Taiwan, radiata pine, 8/6 ft.
Wotan Forest, Czech Republic, spruce, beech, 8/4 ft.
Krasnyi Jakor, Russia, birch, 5 ft.
Sklejka-Multi, Poland, birch, beech, alder, spruce, pine, 4/3 ft.
Paged Sklejka, Poland, spruce, pine, birch, 8 ft.
Steico, Poland, spruce, pine, 8 ft.
Latvijas Finieris, Latvia, birch, 5/4 ft.
Stora Enso, Finland, spruce, 8 ft.
Sveza Fankom, Russia, birch, 5/4 ft.
UPM Otepää, Estonia, birch, 5/4 ft.
Korindo, Indonesia, mixed tropical, 8 ft.
Ongoing and scheduled installations during 2017
• Krasnyi Jakor, Russia, birch, 5 ft.
• Metsä Wood Äänekoski, Finland, birch, 7 ft.
• Vyatsky, Russia, birch, 4 ft.
• Vyatsky, Russia, birch, 8 ft.
• Murashinsky, Russia, birch, 8 ft.
• Esla, Chile, radiata pine, 4 ft.
N EW TECHNOLOGIES
WELL OVER HALF A MILLION CUBIC METERS OF
CAPACITY IN PROCESS
RAUTE’S SUCCESS STORY CONTINUES. IN THE 2015 LIGNA PLYVISION ISSUE WE
REPORTED ABOUT 1 000 000 CUBIC METERS OF NEW CAPACITY SINCE LIGNA
2011, AND NOW WE CAN ANNOUNCE A NUMBER OF NEW PROJECTS THAT WILL
INCREASE PRODUCTION CAPACITY BY 600 000 CUBIC METERS SINCE SPRING 2015.
Text: Kimmo Suomalainen • Photos: Hannu Sinko
N EW TECHNOLOGIES
NEW SOFTWOOD CAPACITY was delivered to Poland. The
Steico LVL mill has been up and running since fall 2015 and
its expansion is now doubling their LVL mill output. For Paged
Morag, a softwood plywood mill was delivered. In Finland,
Metsä is investing in their Lohja LVL mill, installing a Raute
LVL line to produce about 75 000 m3/a.
Also birch plywood capacity has been increased, particularly in Estonia where both Latvijas Finieris Kohila and
UPM Otepää have expanded. Both mills adding capacity in
the range of 45 000 m3/a. In Finland Metsä is building a new
veneer mill in Äänekoski, which will produce about 70 000 m3
of dry veneer annually. This veneer will be further processed
in Estonia, where Raute will build a greenfield mill for Metsä.
That will be the third big plywood factory delivered to Estonia within three years. In addition to these projects, the well-
known Russian producer, Vyatsky Plywood Mill, is doubling
their birch production by building a new green field mill and
also expanding the mill Raute delivered in 2006.
History has shown that companies that work in close
cooperation with Raute have been given the tools to be profitable and grow. We will be happy to help you, too! •
HISTORY HAS SHOWN THAT
COMPANIES THAT WORK
CLOSELY TOGETHER WITH
RAUTE HAVE GOT TOOLS TO BE
PROFITABLE AND GROW.
T ECHNOLOGY REVIEW
a choice between
dry, green or combi
Green veneer composing line
features the latest Mecano
G5 VCO machine vision
THE LINE FEEDS
COMPOSED FULL GREEN
VENEER SHEETS TO
DRYING AT MAXIMUM
Raute’s R&D team develops
new products in order to
meet changing customer
needs. One good example
of the development work is
a fully operative 8-ft. wide
green composing line that
has been running at Raute’s
Nastola premises from the
beginning of the year. Customers are welcome to visit!
RAUTE’S GREEN VENEER COMPOSER LAUNCHED LAST YEAR HAS CHANGED THE WAY
WE COMPREHEND VENEER COMPOSING. IT FORMS FULL SHEETS OF VENEER RANDOMS
PRIOR TO DRYING – A PROCESS THAT USED TO TAKE TIME AND EFFORT AFTER THE
DRYING PROCESS. TODAY, THE MODULE-BASED GREEN VENEER COMPOSER HAS A
NEW OPTION TO OFFER: A COMBI LINE INCLUDING BOTH A GREEN VENEER COMPOSER
AND A HOT MELT GLUE STRING APPLICATOR FOR DRY VENEER.
Text: Minna Pajamies • Photos: Jarmo Ikonen, Veli-Matti Lepistö
THE STRENGTH OF the Green Veneer Composer line lies in
Mecano’s machine vision based analyzing in defect clipping,
composing, precise sheet clipping and stacking functions.
Good defect recognition is important to avoid taping onto
surfaces where the tape cannot bond properly. The Raute
tape is regarded as the best in the market especially for its
Composing green veneer strips into full sheets smoothens the plywood production process – manual tasks associated with random handling are eliminated and the dryer
filling ratio is optimized. The Green Veneer Composer line
feeds full green veneer sheets to drying at maximum dryer
capacity and stacks them sorted by moisture.
The first delivery of the Green Veneer Composer lines
was made in 2016 to Estonia, and the outcome of the lines
has been praised. One line is on its way this year to Russia, to the Vyatsky Plywood Mill in the Kirov Region where
Raute is delivering the entire production process for a birch
plywood mill. Other significant deliveries are to be expected
in the near future. •
• 24/7 automation
• Detailed line
for effective planning
of maintenance tasks
• Correct spare parts
• Easier budgeting of
• Discounted service
• Maintaining high
support with Raute’s
• Online training
courses available 24/7
globally to minimize
• Secured reliability
• Spare parts according
to Raute standards
• A true risk-free
• Performance based
mutually set targets
• Improved financial
planning and decision
making with online
• BASICcare features are
included in PLUScare
• BASICcare and PLUScare
features are included in
• Different agreement
options for dedicated
between Raute and
IS THE KEY
WE KNOW TECHNOLOGY
IS CHANGING THE WAY
WE DO BUSINESS.
Text: Kurt Bossuyt, Markus Halmetoja
Photos: Tomi Parkkonen, Adpro
IN A WORLD where businesses are more
global and access to products is reached
through a variety of services, it is important
to remember how customers, as far away as
Chile, New Zealand and South Africa, view
Raute as a company.
As Raute continues to improve technology, efficiency and quality, focus must also
be to continually improve and deepen local
customer services and global online presence. Recent case studies and surveys on
services highlighted a number of key points
of what this industry expects: a company
with the right solutions, on time deliveries, expertise, control of project from start
to finish and, above all, a professional customer service approach.
What keeps Raute steps ahead of its
competitors is the ability to provide lifetime
support for the entire veneer, plywood or
LVL mill. The newly created Lifetime Service
Agreements platform strengthens Raute’s
close cooperation with customers globally. A
performance-based service model and 24/7
visual automation support are just a few new
elements of how the service agreements will
benefit Raute’s customers.
RAUTE AS YOUR
LIFETIME PARTNER IN
THE VENEER, PLYWOOD
AND LVL INDUSTRY.
In addition to local service hubs and as part of
service agreements, Raute’s new digital services are
becoming more important in today’s service business. Understanding your mill performance is the
key to a profitable production. The use of machine
data and digital tools provides unique opportunities
in production environments. The challenge is how to
use this specific data in a meaningful way. Raute has
designed innovative tools providing accurate data
and real-time views of your mill activities. Comprehensive reporting tools support the mill management in making precise operational decisions.
In this fast-changing world of technology, customers want to focus on their core business, not on
individual aspects like maintenance, spare parts,
speeds and feeds. Raute has the capability and experience to take care of such individual aspects and, at
the same time, to further develop your overall mill
Wide range of support services for successful business.
New data collection and reporting system
MillSIGHTS is Raute’s new
production data collection
and reporting system and
part of a variety of new
digital mill performance
services. It is specifically
designed for veneer,
plywood and LVL mills.
MillSIGHTS collects production data, such as volume,
recovery rates and process
Today’s modern mills are
more and more looking into
detailed information about
and line availability. Rising
raw material costs and more
competitive pricing are
forcing mills to minimize
downtime, optimize output
volume and improve quality. The use of MillSIGHTS
real-time data and
customizable reporting will
support mill management in
making precise operational
decisions on production
planning and maintenance
to 30-mm core.
THE PLYWOOD MANUFACTURERS IN ECUADOR ARE MODERNIZING THEIR
MANUFACTURING PROCESSES TO MORE EFFICIENTLY UTILIZE ITS TWO TYPES
OF WOOD RESOURCES, NATIVE AND PLANTATION TROPICAL HARDWOOD.
THE PLANTATION TREES ARE SMALLER IN DIAMETER THAN THE TRADITIONAL
NATIVE HARDWOODS RETRIEVED FROM SUSTAINABLY MANAGED FORESTS.
Text and photos: Timo Reinikainen
IN RECENT YEARS Raute has modernized several peeling lines originally made
by other manufacturers. Endesa-Botrosa
converted their Fezer and Cremona block
chargers into modern Raute XY chargers.
As a result, veneer recovery improved by
3% and now also smaller logs can be processed at high recovery. The production
shutdown time for the modernizations
was only one week at each peeling line.
This was possible with good preparations
and close cooperation between the customer’s and Raute’s teams.
The plywood manufacturer Codesa
has increased their plywood capacity
and modernized their plywood mill for
smaller-diameter logs. A few years ago
the 8-ft. Keller peeling line with a reeling
system was equipped with a completely
new Raute knife carriage and lathe controls by Raute. Now the modernizing
of the peeling line is being finished by
Raute, the delivery including a new XY
charger, backup roll, tray systems and
Tropical hardwood plywood typically consists of thin face veneers
(1 mm and less) and thick core veneers.
Codesa’s modernization also includes a
RauteLite spindleless peeling line for
peeling of thick core veneers.
Peeling happens in two steps. Thin
high-quality face veneer is first peeled
on the 8-ft. peeling line. The core is
dropped off at a diameter of about 20
cm. Peeling of the core continues on the
4-ft. RauteLite peeling line, which peels
thick core veneers down to a very small
core of 3 cm. This combination gives
excellent recovery of the logs. When
face veneers are very thin and the sanding margin is very small, the thickness
accuracy of the thick core veneers must
be precise. The Raute Light lathe has a
good thickness tolerance with advanced
servo-controlled positioning of knife
and all rollers.
A third plywood manufacturer in
Ecuador, Banova, has acquired a new
Raute veneer drying line with Mecano’s
camera and moisture grading. Banova
makes lightweight core materials of
balsa wood (Ochroma pyramidale). The
balsa tree is the fastest growing tree in
the world. Balsa core plywood is a specialty product combining strength with
a very low weight.
Ecuadorian hardwood plywood is
known for its high quality suitable for a
variety of demanding applications. The
recent modernizations help Raute’s clients to produce hardwood plywood from
many tropical plantation wood species. •
The ‘Kaava’ conference
chair, designed by Mr.
Mikko Laakkonen, is the
first product made of Grada
plywood. “The seat and the
armrests are cut with a CNC
machine and shaped with the aid
of heat from one single plywood
panel”, Mr. Olin explains. According
to Mr. Olin, it would be impossible
to make the joints in the ‘Kaava’ chair
with traditional techniques.
ISKU TAKES PLYWOOD FURNITURE DESIGN
TO A HIGHER LEVEL
SUSTAINABILITY WILL BE LEADING THE NEXT RISING WAVE IN FURNITURE DESIGN.
RENEWABLE RAW MATERIALS, RECYCLABLE PRODUCTS AND LOCALITY POSE A POSITIVE
CHALLENGE. “EMPHASIS ON HONESTY OF MATERIALS WILL GROW”, SAYS MR. ANTTI OLIN,
DESIGN AND BRAND DIRECTOR AT ISKU INTERIOR.
Text: Eveliina Lakka • Photos: Veli-Matti Lepistö
FOR THE 89-YEAR-OLD Finnish furniture manufacturer Isku, veneer-based
products have been an important part
of the collection for decades. Grada, a
new type of plywood material, presents
ways to facilitate Isku’s design philosophy – simple, smart and functional. Grada’s structure with layers of special glue
makes pressing into form simpler and
faster than before. “The mold-changing time in traditional pressing was 90
minutes compared to a couple of minutes wih Grada”, explains Mr. Olin. The
glue layers permit shaping Grada with
the aid of heat. “Grada enables a more
sustainable furniture design. Material
waste is also reduced as the glues con-
tain no formaldehyde and can be reshaped with the aid of heat.”
Grada is the result of Isku’s and UPM
Kymmene Wood’s cooperation. Isku is the
first furniture manufacturer to operate a
Grada production line. “Grada has revolutionized the whole furniture design
industry, and it can be used diversely for
a wide range of different purposes”, says
Mr. Olin. The possibilities possessed by
Grada have largely drawn attention all
over the world. “Just recently we had a
design team from Tesla Motors visiting
our production unit”, adds Mr. Olin.
UPM Jyväskylä Plywood mill,
Raute’s long time customer, supplies
Grada and other plywood materials to
Isku. “The origin and ecology of raw
materials are important not only for
us but also for our customers. To be a
credible player in this industry we must
focus on sustainability and be smarter
than our competitors on this arena”, Mr.
Olin concludes. •
with York Timbers
YORK TIMBERS (PTY), THE LARGEST MANUFACTURER OF PLYWOOD PRODUCTS IN SOUTHERN
AFRICA, AND RAUTE CORPORATION SIGNED A COOPERATIVE AGREEMENT TO STRENGTHEN
THEIR RELATION TOWARDS A STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP. THE AGREEMENT WAS SIGNED IN
CONJUNCTION OF YORK TIMBER’S 100-YEAR ANNIVERSARY.
Text: Timo Tikka, Antti Laulainen • Photos: Veli-Matti Lepistö
Raute technology is
well applicable for
local softwood at
THE PARTIES’ mutual goal is to enhance
the profitability of York Timbers via
its plywood division with the aim of
becoming an international player in
the plywood business. The Cooperative
Agreement will be executed in various
forms such as production process and
capacity development, service delivery,
competence development, and sharing
of technology upgrades on Raute and
100-YEAR OLD INTEGRATED
“York Timbers and Raute have already
cooperated for years. The agreement was
a major step forward in strengthening
our cooperation in the future. York is
very proud to be associated with Raute
and I can safely say that with the team
looking after us Raute is truly executed
on its promise of life-cycle partnerships”, says Mr. Pieter van Zyl, CEO,
York Timbers is an integrated forestry company, that owns plantations
and processing plants and runs a wholesale distribution network. The company
has the largest market share of the
South African timber and plywood market in 2016.
York Timbers celebrated 100 years
since incorporation and 70 years of
being listed on the JSE – milestones few
companies have achieved.
B ENEFITS OF LONG-TERM
“Raute is the main technology, service
and development partner to York Tim-
bers. This agreement allows us to commit to York Timbers and to develop our
operations in Africa in the future”, says
Mr. Antti Laulainen, Group Vice President of Raute Corporation.
York Timbers will benefit from
the agreement in various ways. Service
Agreement, technology transfer, access to
Raute’s worldwide technology network
and extensive training program are a few
examples of those benefits.Via this agreement, York Timbers can ensure that their
mill can be systematically developed
with the latest knowhow and plywood
technology for years ahead.
The cooperation has a long history.
In 2005 Raute delivered a 8-ft. Smart
peeling line and a 15-hot section dryer,
in 2013 a 2-roller glue spreader was
delivered and in 2015 Raute delivered a
22-hot section dryer with 10-bin sorting
line to York Timbers.
In November 2016 Raute and York
Timbers signed a contract for the supply of Plywood a pressing line consisting of a 48-daylight press. The delivery
will take place in December 2017 and
the commissioning will be in February
YORK IS VERY PROUD TO BE
ASSOCIATED WITH RAUTE AND
I CAN SAFELY SAY THAT WITH
THE TEAM LOOKING AFTER US
RAUTE HAS TRULY EXECUTED
ON ITS PROMISE OF LIFE-CYCLE
MR. PIETER VAN ZYL, CEO, YORK TIMBERS
Shorter veneer-toveneer time with
THE SWEDISH MOELVEN VÄNERPLY AB IS A
SCANDINAVIAN WOOD PRODUCTS MANUFACTURER
WITH 52 PRODUCTION UNITS IN SWEDEN AND
NORWAY. THE WIDE PRODUCT RANGE COVERS SAWN
TIMBER, PLYWOOD AND A LARGE VARIETY OF OTHER
ENGINEERED WOOD MATERIALS AND RELATED
SERVICES FOR THE SCANDINAVIAN CONSTRUCTION
INDUSTRY. PRODUCTS ARE ALSO EXPORTED, MAINLY
TO EUROPE AND THE MIDDLE EAST. MOELVEN
FOCUSES STRONGLY ON PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT
AND NEW TECHNICAL INNOVATIONS TO SECURE ITS
POSITION AMONG ITS CUSTOMERS.
Text: Ulla Lahtela • Photo: Jarmo Ikonen
veneer yield with
Total modernization of the old COE
lathe resulted in
line capacity and
MOELVEN WAS ESTABLISHED in the
1970s and after the acquisition of the
other Swedish plywood producer, Vänerply AB in 2011, Moelven is now the
only plywood manufacturer in Scandinavia, and has an annual production
of about 90 000 m3 or 6 million m2 of
spruce and pine plywood in 2400x1200
to 3080x1220 mm formats and in thicknesses ranging between 9 and 28 mm.
In 2014 Moelven launched a development program for the entire plywood
mill. The target was a higher automation
level, reduced manpower and savings in
raw material and glue consumption.
In order to cope with the competition from Finland, Russia and South
America, it was necessary to improve
the effectivity of production and focus
on new innovative technical products
in order to maintain the position of plywood within the construction industry,
and to create new uses.
As the only machinery supplier of
technology for the entire plywood manufacturing process, Raute was chosen to
supply the new technology for the mill.
According to Mr. Arne Carlström, Production Manager of Moelven, the choice
was based on the experience of a long
cooperation.“We know Raute’s products
are good. Raute is able to supply the
entire modernization and to secure support and necessary services. An important thing for us is the practical location
of Raute to us; operating in neighboring
countries makes access easy both ways,
and we can rely on a quick response to
our service needs on short notice”, says
TO COE PEELING LINE
Moelven decided to go for an upgrade of
their COE peeling line. According to Mr.
Carlström, the aim was to improve the
The Raute delivery included a SmartScan HD, AC servo controlled XY setworks, a new knife carriage, a VCA clipper scanner with an upgrade of the RCH
clipper control as well as a stacker with
a stack unloading system. The Siemens
S7 DC drives and the tray control system
were replaced. The delivery and installation were performed in three phases. The
incorporation of the new Raute mechanical and automation components succeeded well and the overall installation
schedule was met despite some minor
delays that occurred during the process.
Over the years, Moelven has invested in
a combination of new lines and modernization of old.“We find modernization in
general a good option to upgrade existing lines”, says Mr. Carlström. Modern-
RAUTE IS ABLE TO SUPPLY
THE ENTIRE MODERNIZATION
AND TO SECURE SUPPORT
AND NECESSARY SERVICES.”
MR. CARLSTRÖM, PRODUCTION MANAGER OF MOELVEN
ization generally involves challenges
when new components are incorporated
in an existing line delivered by another
supplier. The biggest challenges concerned the lathe automation and electronics, and keeping the installation
times. The most challenging phases were
solved by Raute’s experts so that delays
were kept to the minimum.
“With this modernization, we have
been able to increase our production in
terms of volume per hour, and that was
also what we aimed for. The veneer quality improved and we also save in labor
costs as the line is now fully automated
and runs practically unmanned”, says
With this supply Raute has been
able to meet Moelven’s expectations
and targets, and help Moelven to succeed even better in future.
The mill development project also
includes two Raute composing lines
with one common operator platform
in between. To replace several manual
roller lay-up lines a Raute high-efficient
automatic line with one-side gluing has
also been supplied.
To cope with the higher process efficiency, the next step in mill development
is the veneer dryer agreement signed
between Moelven and Raute in February
2017. The new dryer will be in operation
in the beginning of next year.
All delivered lines and modernizations will be covered under Raute’s
knowhow combining material flow of
the different lines and processes into one
optimized process. •
P2 Patchman at Richmond
HAS LANDED IN NORTH AMERICA
RAUTE TAKES A MAJOR STEP TOWARD CHANGING THE FACE OF VENEER.
Text and photos: June De La Paz
IN 2008, a P1 Patchman resided in
Raute’s Canadian R&D department. As a
collaboration between Raute’s progressive engineering and Mecano’s advanced
camera systems, the P1 automated
the tedious process of both identifying veneer defects and simultaneously
With the quality and size of logs
diminishing, manual patching became
necessary to combat waste and utilize
otherwise high quality full sheets. The
P1 was Raute’s first effort in eliminating the laborious task that was timeconsuming, incredibly slow, and prone
to under/over processing.
This particular P1 had undergone
fanciful and practical experimentation all in the name of research, and it
now sat idle, taking up space for newer
advancements in engineering excellence. Knowing that Richmond Plywood
specialized in overlay products that
required meticulously perfect veneer
and could utilize the automation of the
P1, Raute contacted them and made
them an offer to get this line operation
in their mill.
It was a historical occasion. Richmond Plywood installed the P1 Patchman in their mill when the industry had
just descended into a major recession.
Customers were in the throes of a devastating housing crisis and Raute North
America itself was about to tailspin as
the North American economy came to a
Raute indeed survived, and so did
Richmond Plywood. Owing some of
their success to the P1 during those lean
requirement days, they are the only plywood mill still operational in the BC’s
It was no surprise that the moment
the P2, next generation Patchman became
available in North America, with new
functionality, state-of-the art cameras,
and technologically advanced robotics
and analyzers, that Richmond Plywood
was the first company to sign on.
“The advantages over the first generation Patchman were abundantly
clear,” says Gurnam Minhas, Richmond
Plywood. “It moves with precision and
speed. Without the need for multiple
operators, the cost savings are significant.”
With their unique mill set up and
diverse customer base, the need for high
quality full sheets devoid of defects was
paramount to their success, and Raute’s
P2 promised to deliver a machine with a
capacity guarantee that blew the competition out of the water.
The first North American P2 was
installed in 2016 and has been exceeding capacity guarantees ever since.“This
was the brain child of a brilliant team
of engineers and expert designers that
were able to take advantage of every
optimization available based on an
exhaustive understanding of processing
veneer,” says Martin Murphy, Senior Vice
President, North America. “The P2 has
raised the bar to new heights and will be
the standard for unparalleled patching.”
Upgraded with G5 enabled technology, it is now one of the highest capacity
patching lines in North America, with the
most accurate color camera detection system and motion control available today.
That booming success was heard at
Bessemer Plywood, in Bessemer, Michigan. With the resurgence of the plywood
industry, Bessemer is making a calculated
investment bolstered by generous industry forecasts, climbing housing demands,
and a lack of workers to operate outdated
machines. Installation is slated for early
2018, and Bessemer is eyeing those capacity numbers to increase their recovery and
profits, lower their costs, and help them
secure a continuously profitable future. •
G5 VDA visual defect
patching to a new
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